The artist who lived with war and Warhol

Philip Pearlstein on his memories of flat-sharing with Andy Warhol and how military service prepared him for life as an artist

Gallery: Monet and Architecture

An upcoming National Gallery exhibition brings together Monet’s paintings of buildings, bridges and other architecture

The dying art of owning a decent pen

Why you should never leave home without one

Kettner’s: the Soho institution with a Wilde history

From philandering kings to Oscar Wilde, the newly-refurbished Kettner’s is one of Soho’s most storied establishments

The best whisky distillery tours in Scotland

Visit the places where Scotland’s finest whiskies are made

10 TV shows to watch in 2018

From Patrick Melrose to Alan Partridge

Recipe: Ultimate pasta bake

Slow-cooked ragu and a crispy topping are the stars of this comforting crowd pleaser

London’s best new restaurant openings in 2018

From gourmet dumplings to Bob Bob in the City

Why we should be going wild for game

British diners are far too squeamish when it comes to eating hare, pheasant and other game

National Trust hidden gems

William Cook on the unheralded National Trust properties that keep drawing him back

Bafta Film Awards 2018: full list of nominations

Joanna Lumley will host this year’s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall

Top tipples for 2018

From Highballs to British vermouth, the finest drinks to imbibe in the year ahead

Gallery: Golden Globes 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner on a politically-charged evening

John Paul Getty: a life of miserliness, mistresses and hotel hopping

To prepare for her role in All the Money in the World, Olivia Grant followed in the footsteps of the famously frugal billionaire

Recipe: Pineapple upside-down cake

An old fashioned classic to brighten up January

10 films to see in 2018

Three Billboards, The Incredibles 2 and Phantom Thread are all on the way

The best (and booziest) ways to defy Dry January

How to drink your way through the first month of the year

Molly’s Game review: a poker film worth gambling on

Jessica Chastain stars as the skier turned poker queen in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut

10 most read stories of 2017

From Rees-Moggs’ millions to Gogglebox, here’s a run down of Spectator Life’s most popular pieces from the last 12 months

What’s in a surname?

The history of British surnames offers a fascinating insight into our collective heritage

Recipe: Nut roast

When it comes to Christmas lunch, with so many other dishes jostling for attention, do vegetarians even need a culinary…

How wine-making came to London

The growth of urban wineries has spread from America to our capital city

A vegan Christmas dinner done properly

How to rustle up a delicious, meat-free meal on Christmas Day